15 Sturdy Grape Vine Trellis Design Ideas for Your Backyard Arbor

Did you know that the USA grew almost 6 million tons of grapes in 2020? Hey, we must really like wine, huh! Imagine the number of grape vine trellises around the place…

Although they used to grow grapes without a trellis in the old days (and probably still do in many vineyards and gardens), I prefer my grapes on a dedicated grape vine trellis (also known as a grape arbor), especially when they’re getting started.

Grape vines can ramble a bit, or a lot, really, so things can get messy without a trellis. A trellis helps you grow your grape vine where you want it. It also helps you grow a healthy vine, as well as create an edible work of art in your backyard.

I’ve collected a heap of grape vine trellis ideas in this article for inspiration and to share them with you.

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I’ve only included proper, sturdy ones. I’m all for recycling and using existing materials, but a clothes rack just won’t cut it. Grapes can live for a really long time so you need something that’ll last a long time.

So, only tough, durable trellises made the cut today 😀

Backyard Grape Vine Trellis DIYs, Designs, and Ideas

Let’s look at some awesome grape trellises other people have built!

1. How to Build a Grape Trellis by Old Man Stino

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Photo credit: Old Man Stino

This is a detailed tutorial on building a high-cordon grape trellis. Old Man Stino describes it as “the simplest to construct and maintain” – a win for all!

It’s built with one wire in between two end posts, then some posts in the middle to stop the vines from sagging.

Old Man Stino chose to plant Muscadine grapes because they get nice and big.

I found a video for you as well:

2. Building a Backyard Grape Arbor by Our Stoney Acres

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Photo credit: Our Stoney Acres

This grape arbor cost about $200 to build, but the result is stunning! This tutorial for building your own grape arbor takes you through the process step-by-step, from post holes to adding lattice. It even includes a shopping list!

I’d love to have one of these to grow my grapes on, maybe the husband’s up for a new project? Have a look at Our Stoney Acres for the full tutorial.

Stoney Acres also offers a video:

3. DIY Grape Arbor by a Piece of Rainbow

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Image credit: A Piece of Rainbow

This arbor by A Piece of Rainbow is similar in shape to Our Stoney Acres’ arbor, which is one of my favorite shapes of freestanding arbors. There’s something about growing grapes in the middle of the yard!

Another great, in-depth tutorial with a list of all the lumber you’ll need to DIY a grape trellis.

No video for this one but plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions.

4. Building a Simple Arbor by Weed ‘Em & Reap

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Photo credit: Weed ‘Em & Reap

I really like this backyard grape trellis. Yes, it’s simple, but it looks super sturdy and would fit just about anywhere in the garden.

It looks a lot like the old dragon fruit trellis my husband built for me; I tried very hard to find a photo of it but can’t. Will definitely upload it when I find it.

I love the round wooden posts and the double support bars. It’s an entertaining tutorial as well, I highly recommend you read it! It’s over at Weed ’em & Reap.

5. Wood Entry Gate as Grape Trellis

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This super sturdy entry gate to our property was built by a man who was legendary at wielding a chainsaw.

The support posts are huge and packed in with soil, not concrete. The horizontal supports are all cut into the posts with a chainsaw and it was built from local hardwood.

Something like this would make an excellent grape arbor; come home, grab a grape before you open the gate! Could become the name of the property, “Grape Gate” or “Grape Grab” I suppose… Catchy!

6. DIY Grape Arbor by Homemade Food Junkie

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Photo credit: Homemade Food Junkie

Kayti and Diane from Homemade Food Junkie have an amazing, 60-year-old grape vine in their backyard.

It was already supported by a grape arbor, as well as an old shop, but the old arbor needed replacing. They decided to write this tutorial to share how they built their DIY grape arbor.

Their grape vine is absolutely amazing, look at the size of its trunk!

7. DIY Grape Arbor and Gazebo by DIY Show Off

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Photo credit: DIY Show Off

This is not a step-by-step tutorial for building this exact grape arbor, but it shows you lots and lots of pictures of how they replaced their old, rusty arbor with a new one, without breaking the existing grape vines.

I’ve included it because it is my favorite shape of all. I really like the idea of the grapes growing over the top of a covered walkway. The walkway ends at a beautiful seating area – like a movie scene!

You can see all the photo’s at DIY Show Off.

You could use these as the base for the grape gazebo. They’re at Fifthroom.com and they offer a great range of different pergolas. They would make amazing grape trellises!

8. Building a Vineyard Trellis by DIY Diva

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Vineyard trellis – photo by DIY Diva

Written by Kit, “Bridging the gap between woman and power-tool-wielding badass (farmer), one project at a time,” this is a step-by-step tutorial to build a decent-sized grape vine trellis. It includes a shopping list and the tools you’ll need.

A tractor with a post-hole digger or even a manual post-hole digger would come in very handy for this grape trellis! Read the tutorial at DIYDiva.

We’ve got a small excavator that does most of the work around the homestead, but we sometimes borrow the neighbor’s tractor with a 3-point post-hole digger when there’s serious hole digging that needs to be done.

A digger is great for pretty much anything, but when used for post holes, it’s hard to get “just” a pole hole. You generally end up with a small pond instead.

Amazon has a huge range of post-hole diggers from super manual to much-less manual.

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Image by Popular Mechanics

This is a great tutorial on building a square pergola. It’s not specifically for growing grapes on, but it would be perfect for it! I quite like the shape of it too, it would have enough room underneath for a chair or two.

10. DIY Rebar Grape Arbor by Zephyr Hill Farm

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Photo by Zephyr Hill Farm

No wood for this grape arbor, it uses rebar instead!

It’s a similar design to the shade houses we built for our plant nursery. The difference is that we used 2″ poly water pipe instead of rebar. I love the idea of rebar, it’s super tough and long-lasting. You can see it built at Zephyr Hill Farm.

I wonder whether it may still need support in the middle once the grape vines get big (depending on the variety you choose, some of the Concords especially get huge and keep on gettin’ huger!) so the rebar doesn’t cave in, but it’s such a good start.

It allows you to build a BIG arbor very cheaply so you can start a whole lot of grape plants.

If you’re wondering who sells Concord grapes… you can get them on Amazon!

11. Handmade Wood Trellis for Grape Vines by Craft Yourself

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Photo by Craft Yourself

This grape trellis is so pretty! It’ll also provide some extra privacy from neighbors and you might even be able to share some grapes with them.

Craft Yourself included quite a few photos and although it’s not a full step-by-step tutorial, the photos are very clear and I think you’d be able to figure out how to build this one.

Saving it for next year when my dad comes to stay – he’s a carpenter and would love to build this grape arbor!

12. Constructing a Vineyard Trellis by Paul Demoto

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Image by Department of Horticulture, Iowa State University

This is the most comprehensive grape trellis tutorial I’ve seen. It covers a few different methods of trellising, with photos, information on materials and tools, and other helpful information.

It was written by Paul Demoto from the Department of Horticulture, Iowa State University. It’s a presentation for the Iowa Grape Growers Conference in 2002. I found this at Prairie Fire Winery.

13. Build a Trellis to Last a Lifetime – Instructables

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Photo from Instructables

A T-shaped grape arbor with great instructions on how to build it yourself. Find it at Instructables.

14. Building A Grape Arbor by Tom Zabadal and Gaylord Brunke

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Photo from Michigan State University (article by Tom Zabadal and Gaylord Brunke)

This is a super, super detailed tutorial on how to build a grape arbor by Tom Zabadal and Gaylord Brunke for Michigan State University. Covers everything from posts to materials, placement, to tools.

15. Cedar and Wire Grape Arbor by GrowingFruit.org

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Photo from GrowingFruit.org

Love this sturdy grape arbor by GrowingFruit.org! I can only hope my grape vines will look like this in a few years.

How to Train a Grape on a Trellis

I’m by no means an expert on training grapes. I’m more of a wild gardener – I never seem to prune anything except for when I feel like it, and nothing really gets trained unless it blocks a door or a gate or something…

However… I also don’t get a huge amount of grapes so I’ve been looking for a good resource for training and pruning grapes.

I’ve found a fantastic one by Utah State University. There’s one image below, but that’s just one bit of information. There’s a whole PDF on grape trellising and training basics!

This tutorial is full of great info and you can find it here: Grape trellising and training basics – Utah State

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Photo credit: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/extension_curall/1754/

They also offer info on Grape Vine Management, Grape Varieties, and Grape Irrigation.

My Grape Trellis Designs

Below are a couple of photos of my (amazing, *grin*) grape trellises.

This is grape vine #1, also known as Grape Blanc. Not because it’s white but because the tag has a blank label where it should specify the name… It’s a red grape, that much I remember.

You probably can’t see the grape itself very well, but it’s next to the ratty bit of shade cloth and it will grow up the metal fence. If it does well enough, I’ll also train some of it over the chicken coop.

Free food for chickens!

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The chickens don’t look too impressed yet, but that could be because it’s the rainy season and everything is soaking wet. I need to fill their coop with some extra soil or gravel to build it up so that the water doesn’t hang around.

*Edit – I’ve fixed the floor since then! A couple of wheelbarrows of gravel and a border of river rocks have fixed the issue. I also dug a trench so the water runs out freely.

I’ve planted Betel Leaf, Arrowroot, Lotodonis, and Water Spinach around the edge to soak up whatever comes out.

Here’s grape #2. This grape does indeed have a name and it is… Jumbo!

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As you can see, I’m not super inventive with my grape vine trellises, which is why I’m writing this post really – to find some great grape vine trellis designs from around the web.

Jumbo is a Muscadine grape, like this one.

It bears big fruits and gives you a big harvest, perfect!

Another trellis I’m using, although not for a grape at the moment, is this one, below. It’s supporting a rogue pumpkin, jasmine, and climbing frangipani. Yep, they’re packed in tight around here.

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This is a super easy backyard grape trellis you can build. All you need is a couple of sturdy wooden posts, a fence panel or tough wire mesh, and these handy things:

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Another favorite way for a grape arbor is growing grapes up already-existing trees. This idea comes from the “backyard jungle” idea I love, a wild food forest, inspired by Jackie French’ Backyard Self-Sufficiency book.

I adore this book. It is focused on Australia so won’t be much use if you live in the snowy states but if you live in a warm state, it’s absolutely fantastic!

In a wild food forest, you make use of every space you’ve got, grow things up things and under things and in between things, too.

I’ve got a huge fig in the backyard that would make a perfect food forest grape trellis:

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I’m already growing some things up it, on one side only because the kids climb it from the other side (so I suppose spikey Dragon Fruit is out) but this tree is at least 4 feet across so there’s plenty of room.

You can buy some pretty spectacular grape arbors online, look at these ones! But, there’s something about building your own, I think.

Our Favorite Grape Trellis and Arbor Kits

If you’re not into DIYing a grape trellis, let’s look at what type of grape trellis kits or arbors you can buy.

I already mentioned Fifthroom above, they have a huge range of amazing grape trellises. They’re pricey, but hey, one can dream! I’ve included my favorite grape arbors and trellises here.

  1. Dura-Trel White Wellington Arbor
  2. Dura-Trel White Wellington Arbor
    $199.99

    With a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design, this bold arbor adds a mid-century modern flair to any garden, complementing clean, angular plantings or nicely balancing sweeping curves.

    This arbor is made from 100% maintenance-free PVC with a UV stabilizer so it won't rot, crack, or fade even after years of exposure to the elements.

    It arrives ready to assemble and includes all hardware and steel ground anchors. Easy to assemble with simple instructions, and comes with a 20-year warranty!


    Amazon

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    05/20/2022 03:22 am GMT
  3. Carolina 57"W x 88"H Composite Vinyl Arbor
  4. Carolina 57"W x 88"H Composite Vinyl Arbor
    $300.04

    The Carolina Arbor is a stately reinvention of traditional arbor design, bringing a modern charm to any outdoor space.

    Crafted from durable BPA/phthalate-free composite, the Carolina gives the appearance of wood with all of the maintenance-free benefits of vinyl.

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    05/20/2022 12:50 am GMT
  5. Treated Pine Bella Arbor
  6. Treated Pine Bella Arbor
    From $1499

    Treated Pine Bella Arbor shown unstained with optional 64" treated pine fan-back swing with rose design. Made in the USA.

    Get It at FifthRoom

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  7. Vita Westwood Arbor
  8. Vita Westwood Arbor
    $359.99 (Subject to Change)

    The Westwood Arbor features a beautiful swoop arch that adds a graceful accent to any yard, garden, or pathway. Lattice side panels and beautiful cedar wood create a welcoming entrance to your outdoor space.

    The Westwood is crafted from sustainably sourced FSC Certified cedar and treated with an environmentally friendly water-based stain. Easy to assemble and install and comes with a 1-year warranty.

    Get It at Tractor Supply Co.

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Our Favorite Grape Plants

Lastly, there’s no point in a grape arbor if you have no grape plants!

These are four of our favorite varieties of grape plants. They are all available on Amazon, amazingly!

  1. Pixies Gardens Jumbo Muscadine Grape Vine Shrub Plants - 1 Gallon
  2. Pixies Gardens Jumbo Muscadine Grape Vine Shrub Plants - 1 Gallon
    $59.99

    Jumbo is a fast-growing, vigorous grape variety with huge clusters of fruit. It thrives in zones 7-9 and is an excellent variety for the warmer states. Best in full sun in well-draining soil.

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    05/20/2022 07:25 am GMT
  3. Pixies Gardens Thompson Seedless Grape Vine Plant Sweet Excellent Flavored White Green Grape Large Clusters On Vigorous Growing Vines. (1 Gallon)
  4. Pixies Gardens Thompson Seedless Grape Vine Plant Sweet Excellent Flavored White Green Grape Large Clusters On Vigorous Growing Vines. (1 Gallon)
    $59.99
    • Thompson Seedless grapes are used for wine, as table grapes and raisins
    • Full sun
    • Fast growing vine Zone: 7 - 10
    • Harvest: August - September Fruit: Pale green oblong grapes with a very sweet flavor.
    • We cannot ship certain plants and some sizes to California due to restrictions placed by...
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    05/19/2022 11:15 pm GMT
  5. Pixies Gardens 1 Gallon Cowart Muscadine Grape Vine Live Plant
  6. Pixies Gardens 1 Gallon Cowart Muscadine Grape Vine Live Plant

    Cowart Muscadine is an excellent variety for making preserves, juice, wine, liqueur, and vinegar. It's hardy in zones 4-9 and loves a full sun position.

    Amazon

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  7. Pixies Gardens Concord Grape Vine Plant - Excellent for Jams and Juices
  8. Pixies Gardens Concord Grape Vine Plant - Excellent for Jams and Juices
    $79.97

    Concord is the traditional grape to make grape jelly and juice. It's also used as a table grape and for wine. The vines produce large clusters of medium-sized, slipskin, blue-black grapes that ripen in mid-September.

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    05/20/2022 12:46 am GMT

I hope you’ve enjoyed these 15 sturdy backyard grape vine trellis ideas! Time to show me yours now, what’s your grape trellis or grape arbor like?

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Well researched article. I’ll use it as my ‘go to’ reference source as I build my own grape arbor. Thank you. ????

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